Valparaiso Public Library

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Address: 103 Jefferson St Valparaiso, IN 46383
Hours of Operation:
Monday-Thursday 9:00am-9:00pm
Friday 9:00am-6:00pm
Saturday 9:00am-5:00pm
Sunday 1:00-5:00pm

Staff Contact: Willow Cataldo

Public Restrooms: YES
Public Parking: 
YES
Handicap Accessible: YES


    Meet Ben Calvert III

  • ARTIST STATEMENT

    My art originated as a mechanism to help me deal with the grief of losing my mother. Seeking a therapeutic alternative to my unhappy state, my grandmother suggested that I reconstitute my sorrow into an energy that could be channeled into art. I started wood block printing by taking an independent study course at Knox College. I found working with wood blocks very soothing. My first print, “Invasions,” was published in Catch, Knox’s literary magazine. The medium became a sustaining passion.

    I have a strong feeling for nature, and the wood compliments my images. Different types of wood provide varied and often fascinating backgrounds, depending upon on the subject. Recently, I’ve been using my photography to reconstruct my art works. For some images I use linoleum blocks in order to get more detailed lines in a small area. The majority of my creations are printed on Japanese Kozuki paper, using oil based inks.

    Pulling that first print off the block is pure joy. The excitement multiplies when there are multiple blocks for each color involved. Each successive color is a layer that informs the mystery and appeal of the final image. I take much pleasure in hearing interpretations of my work from others. I enjoy creating images that are at once familiar, yet open to interpretation. The more diverse the comments, the more effective I believe my work to be.

  • FEATURED ARTWORK

    All Day Get Away | Ben Calvert | Wood Block Relief Print | Valpo Library

     

    Le Zebre En Hiver | Ben Calvert | Wood Block Relief Print | Valpo Library

     

    Leaves Please | Ben Calvert | Wood Block Relief Print | Valpo Library

     

    North Shore Repose | Ben Calvert | Wood Block Relief Print | Valpo Library

     

    Josh’s Rocks | Ben Calvert | Wood Block Relief Print | Valpo Library

  • Meet Natalie Parker

  • ARTIST STATEMENT
    My work is about color; combinations of color that change to form spectrums. The inspiration for these spectrums comes from the hues found in nature. Using watercolor, acrylics, and gouache, I am able to create unique surreal pieces of art.

  • FEATURED ARTWORK
  • Meet Yolanda Monahan

  • ARTIST STATEMENT

    My work is about color; combinations of color that change to form spectrums. The inspiration for these spectrums comes from the hues found in nature. Using watercolor, acrylics, and gouache, I am able to create unique surreal pieces of art.

  • FEATURED ARTWORK

    Winter Lamp Post | Yolanda Monahan | Acrylics | Valparaiso Library

     

    Indiana Stamp | Yolanda Monahan | Acrylics | Valparaiso Library

     

    Wine Time | Yolanda Monahan | Acrylics | Valparaiso Library

     

    Diamond – Girls Best Friend | Yolanda Monahan | Acrylics | Valparaiso Library

     

  • Natalie Parker

  • ARTIST STATEMENT
    My work is about color; combinations of color that change to form spectrums. The inspiration for these spectrums comes from the hues found in nature. Using watercolor, acrylics, and gouache, I am able to create unique surreal pieces of art.
  • FEATURED ARTWORK
  • Meet Susan Snell

  • ARTIST STATEMENT
    I am a dreamer, intrigued by the mystery of nature and lives of others. The qualities that help them to flourish resonate within me. I am motivated to communicate these inspirational messages visually through my own experiences. I discover the communication of my feelings and thoughts flows when painting, conveying the movement and translucency of life.
  • FEATURED ARTWORK

    A New Perspective | Susan Snell | Acrylic | Valparaiso Library

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